The Definitive Guide to Storing Food without Plastic

The Definitive Guide to Storing Food without Plastic

Taking reusable bags to the store is a great way to reduce unnecessary plastic. Bringing reusable produce bags and selecting products without packaging is another way to reduce waste. Choosing to shop at bulk stores is a fantastic option, if we have the choice. But what about when we get all of our food shopping home? What then? Is it possible to store food without plastic? What about leftovers, and freezing food? How about packing lunches? What are the plastic-free options?

Of course, plastic-free is possible. There are plenty of options to avoid using plastic containers, gladwrap/clingwrap and zip-lock bags. From choosing plastic-free containers to freezing in glass (yes, it’s possible), here’s the lowdown on how we avoid using plastic in our home when storing food.

Food Storage without Plastic – the Pantry

Zero Waste Plastic Free Pantry

We buy all of our dry goods from bulk stores, and we store in the pantry in glass jars. Sometimes we take the jars to the bulk stores and weigh them before filling them, but more often we take reusable produce bags and decant when we get home. Glass jars are heavy, and I find taking reusable produce bags is more practical for me. Whilst I love the idea of a pantry full of matching glass jars, the reality is, there are plenty of glass jars in the world begging to be re-used. It makes no sense to me to buy new when I can re-use. I’ve reused old jars that I own, and friends and family have given me their spares. I sourced some big glass jars from a local cafe.

I generally find that a good soak will get the old labels off. If they are particularly stubborn, I use eucalyptus oil and give them a scrub, and that usually works. Removing the label means I can see what’s inside, and there’s no confusion as to the contents.

Removing Jar Labels with Eucalyptus Oil Zero Waste

I have needed to buy a few new jar lids – kitchen shops sell these, or you can find them online.

It’s not always clear how long dry goods have been stored at the bulk shops, and the last thing we want is weevils or pantry moths, or other pests. If I think something has been at the store a while, or if it’s been in my own pantry a little longer than planned, I pop the jar into the freezer for 24 hours. This kills any eggs. After 24 hours I remove the jar from the freezer and place back in the pantry.

Freezing pulses and grains to prevent weevils

I have a terrible habit of not labeling my jars. I have a good memory and generally remember what I’ve bought, and if I forget I can usually figure it out by the smell. My husband has no idea what I’ve bought and has a terrible sense of smell, so whilst it might work for me, it doesn’t work for him! I’m planning to get a greaseproof pencil/chinograph so I can label the jars without needing to buy sticky labels or mark them permanently. If I was more crafty, I could paint blackboard paint on them, or even mark the lids.

Food Storage without Plastic – On the Counter

I keep a fruit bowl on the counter which in addition to fruit, contains onions. I also keep fresh tomatoes here as I find they taste better than when stored in the fridge, and avocados whilst they ripen.

I often keep cut leaves such as beetroot leaves or silverbeet in glass jars on the counter rather than in the fridge as I find they keep better. Parsley and some other herbs also keep better this way. If the water is changed regularly, parsley will last on the counter for up to two weeks.

Beetroot Leaves in a Jam Jar

I store my bread in a cloth bag inside a wooden bread bin. The cloth bag helps absorb any moisture that might cause the bread to go moldy. Over time it begins to harden, and when I notice it’s becoming hard to cut I pre-cut the rest of the loaf. If there is more than I can eat in the next day or so, I pop it in the freezer.

For things like crackers, baked goods and other dry food, I use tins. I have some that I purchased in my pre- zero waste days, and some that I’ve been given (they often seem to appear around Christmas time as “presentation” boxes for biscuits and confectionery). I’ve been able to choose ones that are a good size for my needs, and that I can store easily.

Sourdough Zero Waste Crackers FINAL

Food Storage without Plastic – the Fridge

I store most of my fruit and vegetable items in the crisper. Some veggies, such as carrots, courgettes and cucumbers have a tendency to go floppy, so I store these in a rectangular glass Pyrex container with a lid. I also find delicate fresh herbs like coriander and basil store better in a container with a lid, as do salad leaves.

Zero Waste Plastic Free Fridge

I’ve also tried storing them in glasses or bowls of water in the fridge and this works well, but I don’t own enough glassware for this to be practical.

Storing Veggies in Water in the Fridge

Another alternative to using glass containers is to use a damp tea towel to wrap your veggies. This works particularly well for larger items like bunches of celery or leafy greens that don’t fit in containers. Beeswax wraps are also useful if you’re not vegan – they are cloth squares that have beeswax melted onto them to create a waterproof wrap. They are very easy to make yourself (you can find a DIY beeswax wrap tutorial here) and making your own means you can choose sizes that work for your needs.

For storing leftovers, there are a number of solutions. Personally I was never a fan of gladwrap/clingfilm.  Some is ridiculously sticky and will stick to everything except the bowl in question (this type of clingwrap usually contains phthalates – not what we want to be wrapping food in). The phthalate-free type never seems to want to stick to anything at all. I find it far simpler simply to put a plate on top of the bowl in question. I also have some silicone covers for bowls that were a gift that have been very useful. Beeswax wraps can be used for this, too. Glass jars are a great option for decanting small amounts of leftovers (and I have plenty of glass jars to hand), and Pyrex storage or stainless steel work if you want to decant into something bigger. Sometimes I even keep the food in the saucepan, pop the lid on and pop that in the fridge.

For some items, such as half a lemon or half an avocado, I find that placing it face down on a plate is enough. If I’ve roasted veggies or baked a sweet potato, I find it keeps well in the fridge uncovered for a few days. So long as it’s not got a strong smell, it works fine.

Food Storage without Plastic – the Freezer (yes, you can freeze food in glass)

I store most of my food in the freezer in glass jars. I’ve been doing it for 10 years. Jars are a great size for one or two portions, and they fill the space well. I’ve only ever had one breakage. Freezing in glass is perfectly safe, but there are some rules to follow.

Freezing in Glass Jars in the Freezer

Firstly, choose good quality jars, with thick glass. Repurposed jars are fine. I tend to choose ones that have previously had jam or tomato sauce in them, as I know they will withstand changes in temperature. Buying poor quality jars from reject shops will likely lead to breakages.

Wider jars work better, and avoid any that taper inwards at the top (tapering outwards is fine). When filling, never fill all the way to the top – make sure the food is sitting at the widest point of the jar. Don’t screw the lid on until the contents have completely frozen. The food will expand when frozen – the higher the water content the more it will expand – so leave room for this to happen. Once it’s frozen you can screw on the lid.

Never put hot jars in the freezer, and try to chill them before you freeze them. This is important if what you’re freezing has a high water content, like stock. I find for foods like chickpeas, which don’t have a high water content, freezing from room temperature works fine.

If you’re worried about freezing in jars, you can also use freezer-safe Pyrex, or stainless steel containers, which won’t break.

Zero Waste Freezer Glass Jar Storage

I use an ice cube tray for freezing liquids and also fresh herbs. I find that the cubes make good portion sizes. I store the cubes in jars once they are frozen. To freeze herbs I add a little oil to the ice cube tray -they seem to freeze better. I have just upgraded to a stainless steel one, and you can also find aluminium ones second-hand if you’d like to avoid plastic.

Onyx Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray

To avoid freezing a big mass of fruit, I lay out on on a tray (I line a baking tray with a tea towel) and pop in the freezer. Oonce frozen, I put in a container. This allows me to use a handful at a time, rather than needing to defrost the whole thing.

Preparing Strawberries for the Freezer

I don’t freeze everything in glass. I freeze bread wrapped in a cloth bag, and I leave bananas in their skins.

Food Storage – Out and About

Both my husband and I have stainless steel lunchboxes, which we use for food on the go. I always take my glass KeepCup with me as I find it great as an impromptu storage container. Being glass, it’s easy to clean. I have a set of reusable, washable wraps for sandwiches, baked goods and snacks which are handy as they fold up. If we’re taking food to friends’ houses, we either use tins or we have a stainless steel tiffin.

Zero Waste Lunchbox Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Tiffin and Lunchbox Zero Waste Plastic Free

Food Storage – Choosing Containers

When I first started out with living plastic-free, I had a lot of plastic reusable containers. I didn’t want to waste them, so I continued to use them whilst I transitioned to other things. Because I was concerned with the health implications of using plastic for food storage, I used them only for dried food, before giving them away or using them for non-food items.

Zero Waste Week 2015 Reusable Containers

Whatever you decide to use, know that there’s no need to immediately rush out and buy new stuff. Glass jars are an obvious one to start with, and they are free. It’s possible to find good quality glass, tins and even Pyrex at the charity shops.

I chose to use Pyrex with the plastic lids, because I couldn’t find any without plastic, and they were affordable for me. Stainless steel containers come completely plastic-free, but they are an investment. They are expensive but should last forever, so it is important to know exactly what you want before you make the purchase. Slowly I’ve built up a small collection of stainless steel, and the pieces I have I use often and I love.

When choosing containers, think about how you’ll use them. If you’re looking for a lunchbox, think about the kinds of things you eat for lunch. What size and shape will be most useful? Planet Box make great compartmentalised lunch boxes for kids. Cloth wraps and reusable sandwich bags might be a better alternative. It’s possible to buy refillable food packs. Think about your needs and choose products that work for you.

It is possible to store food at home without using plastic, and you can make it as simple or as complicated (or as cheap or expensive) as you like. The most important thing is to make conscious choices. Look at your options, and decide what is practical and within your budget. There’s no need to buy new things straightaway. Take your time. Choose well.

Now I’d love to hear from you! Tell me, how do you store your food without using plastic? What are your favourite tips? Is there anything you tried that didn’t work? What purchases have you made that have been great investments? Any that turned out to be duds? Do you have any tips to add? Or any “not-to-do”s to share? Is there anything that you are still searching for a solution for? Any questions? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

62 Responses to The Definitive Guide to Storing Food without Plastic

  1. Jars have been an important step to going plastic free. I am still having trouble with freezer options, mostly because I am scared the glass will burst. I have read enough information that tells me it will work if I leave enough space at the top, but for some reason I have not tried. But I will! This was just the push I needed. Lots of great info here, Lindsay, thank you!

    • Thanks for your comment Nadine! Glass jars are great – they are extremely useful for so many things! Give freezing in jars a go – just don’t start with something very liquid like stock as that is what causes most breakages. Freeze leftovers that you’ve pre-chilled first, and build up your trust! ; )

      Let me know how it goes!

  2. I have serious pantry envy
    I love that tip about freezing fruit on a tray, I always get really big clumps that I can’t break apart so thank you! I also just put half a lemon onto the glass but my husband hates it, not really sure why

    • Haha, that’s funny Amy! I’ve seen some beautiful zero waste pantries…although I like that all my jars are reused. Jumbled but satisfying!

      I’ve found it really helpful. I always used to freeze blackberries in big containers, and then I’d have to use them all up when I wanted just a handful. Must more useful to do it this way!

      I do that with lemons too. Fortunately my husband doesn’t mind ; )

  3. I find I never really need to freeze much since I’ve gotten rid of my microwave, forcing me to cook things in the exact portions I’m going to eat. I love old coconut oil jars, the big ones with metal lids are perfect and wide enough to make them easy to fill with dried goods at bulk stores. Whenever I’m putting leftovers in the fridge I usually have them in a glass bowl and flop a plate on top too :)

    • I don’t have a microwave either CC, so the stuff I freeze is either fruit/veggies that I will defrost for use later (to add to things) or leftovers that I thaw overnight and then heat in a pan. My freezer isn’t huge, but it’s useful to be able to freeze excess. I’m also fine with eating the same thing three days in a row, so I generally only freeze leftovers if we don’t get to use it up in time.

      It’s funny how we have preferences for certain jars! I love the Bonne Maman jam jars as they have a really wide mouth, and the tahini jars are a great size too. I’m always on the look out for other people’s!

      Love the “plate” technique! So simple : )

  4. Great tips! Thank you. How do you store blocks of cheese? Because it drys out quickly if it is exposed to air I have been storing mine in a zip lock bag and then cleaning and re-using that bag. We are a family of 5…. we always have blocks of cheese around. Thoughts?

    • Cheese can be frozen very easily and thaws out totally fine. To store in the fridge just wrap it in a piece of cloth. I use calico (thick muslin), but anything will work really.

    • Hi Ashlynn, great question! Cheesemakers would tell you that cheese shouldn’t be stored in plastic anyway as it needs to “breathe” and plastic makes it sweaty. I don’t buy cheese now, but when I did I just kept it in a Pyrex dish. It didn’t last long enough to worry about! Beeswax wraps are a good option for hard cheeses like cheddar that tned to dry out – they can be molded around the cheese and they protect the cheese from drying out. You could use waxed paper too – that’s what fancy delis usually use to package their cheese. Hope that helps!

  5. Just wondering how you buy cheese plastic free and then how do you store it? I have not found the perfect method yet.

    • Hi Heather, good question! Deli counters are the way to go. Sometimes they pre-cut their cheese, but if you ask they will often have the bigger blocks out the back that they can cut to size. You can ask for it to be wrapped in paper or use beeswax wraps, or bring your own container. Or, if it’s pre-packaged, buy a big block and freeze what you don’t need – that way, at least you’re keeping the packaging down. It’s possible to find some cheese wrapped in wax which is compostable. I would store in Pyrex or glass containers, and if it is a hard cheese like cheddar maybe wrap in beeswax wraps too to stop it drying out. Hope that helps!

  6. I have special hessian bags for storing potatoes and onions, with black out linings. I wouldn’t store them on the counter top, as both will sprout if exposed to light and warmth. I keep mine in the garage which is the coolest place in the house, though in this hot weather I could really do with digging out an underground storage to make a root cellar. I would bother if I was growing my own.

    Regarding open freezing fruit, you can also do this with veggies like runner beans- no need to blanch.

    • Thanks for the tip! I store potatoes in a paper bag (I reuse the same one over and over) in the fridge as I find they shrivel if left out. With onions, I leave in the fruit bowl as we use them up before they sprout (mostly, anyways).

      I don’t tend to freeze my veggies except roasted pumpkin. I should look into this – last summer we had too many green beans. Would have been good to freeze some!

  7. Thank you for such a wonderful post. Can I just ask, is your bread as good when frozen in cloth compared to a plastic bag? I am desperate not to freeze in plastic but wondered if my homemade bread would be damaged.

    • Good question Wendy! I haven’t frozen bread in plastic for so long that I can’t remember : / I make sourdough and freeze that, it is usually at the “toast-only” stage by the time I freeze it and I only leave in the freezer for a week or too at most. I imagine it would be more susceptible to freezer burn, but only if left for ages. I used to have a loaf-shaped plastic container that I froze bread in (wrapped in a cloth bag inside) which worked well, but now I make round loaves I just use a bag. I also pre-slice. You could try wrapping in beeswax wraps as an alternative to cloth bags it might work better. It depends on the type of bread, if it is sliced, how long you freeze it – so many things! Give it a go and see what happens! (And tell me what happens!)

  8. I love the silicone “lids” They have been worth the investment, can go from fridge into the oven ( if you have the oven about 180 degrees). I have three sizes and both circular and rectangular the largest will cover a platter for taking to that shared meal. Added bennie, they are cheerful colours and look like giant banana leaves and lotus flowers.

    • I think you must have the same ones as I have Deb! I have 3, all round and different sizes (and all flower designs). I meant to take a photo but my camera battery died – maybe I’ll add it in later. It did say that they were oven proof but I have no need to use them in the oven and I think they will keep better if I don’t. I think I’ve used them on top of saucepans once or twice…

  9. Great article, thanks! I take my jars with me to the shop and fill them (our local Wholefoods has a system where you weigh your jars before you fill them; they deduct the weight when calculating the price); all I need to do when I get home is put the jars on the shelf. So easy, and no packaging waste at all.

    • I would love to do this but it doesn’t really work for me. Lots (but not all) of the bulk stores will pre-weigh the jars, but because I go on public transport usually I can’t carry more than a couple. So I bring my jars for liquids (rice malt syrup, tahini) and anything expensive or powdery. Usually my groceries sit around in bags for a couple of days until I’ve rooted round and found some suitable jars at the back of the cupboard. I prefer your method! ; )

  10. Brilliant one again Lindsay! I’m particularly stoked with the tips on freezing. Learnt much there thank you!

  11. I had no idea I could freeze things in glass (although have done non-liquid in pyrex) — glass-wise I still use canning jars that belonged to my mother and grandmother, especially love the older blue ones. I used to can in them too, but don’t have a garden now.
    Thanks for the good tips!

    • Thanks Sandy! Here we have Fowlers Vacuola canning jars and some date back to the war – you can tell because they have a green tinge, apparently! If our garden really gets cranking I will track some down. My freezer is too small to store everything, and it would be awesome to be able to preserve some of our food for the off-season : ) Canning jars would be perfect for freezing as they are built to withstand everything!

  12. Great post, thanks!
    I have some glad bags that I’ve had for ages and I wash them after each use and just re-use, re-use, re-use them.
    I’m interested to know where you found the noodle ‘nests’ in your top photo without packaging?
    Sarah

    • Thanks Sarah! I used to do that too with all the plastic bags I had collected pre-2012, but over time they all got holes and were passed on to the recycling bins. Plastic may last forever, but it doesn’t stay in one piece forever!

      The vermicelli nests can be found in a few places. Kakulas (Northbridge, Fremantle and Nollamara) have them, as do Swansea Street Markets in Vic Park. The Wasteless Pantry has an epic pasta range!

  13. Reading your blog I felt like I found my soul sister. So cool to see that others are doing the same. I share your concern that glass jars are heavy to cart around to the grocery store. I keep plastic containers in my grocery bag and use them, then decant them as soon as I get home. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  14. This is totally off topic, but something I would like your opinion on. I have seen reports that say dishwashers use less water than washing in the sink. Do you know if this is correct, and what about taking into account electricity usage and chemicals used? I would appreciate your thoughts.

    • Hi Judy, thanks so much for your comment! I have looked into this (you can find more info in this blog post and all the comments http://treadingmyownpath.com/2016/03/03/i-saw-it-in-the-stars-a-guide-to-energy-efficiency/)

      In short, yes, dishwashers use less water than washing up. Regarding electricity, it depends how you heat your water. We have solar hot water, so there is no cost, but were I heating my water using mains electricity (as as dishwasher uses) then I think the dishwasher wins again. However, to mine all those materials to manufacture a dishwasher, transport it, sell it in a store and ultimately dispose of it when it breaks down are costs that never seem to be mentioned, and I think the tap wins. Plus I already have a tap, and I don’t have a dishwasher.

      As we don’t have a lot of crockery etc (being minimalist) I wouldn’t actually be able to fill a dishwasher before I ran out of stuff to use, so from a practical point of view, the tap wins.

      I hope that helps!

  15. I have found calico bags in different sizes work for storing veges. I just dampen them before I put them in the fridge with the veges and they stay fresh for as long as they would’ve previously in plastic

  16. I use mason jars to can in. ( I think brits say bottle), so I have lots. they work great for freezing–just leave an inch of “head room” for expansion and don’t close the lid tight until the goods are completely frozen. canning jars are thick, sturdy, inexpensive, and readily available–even at thrift shops. they also are square-ish, so they make better use of space than round bottles. some types stack well. I use them for leftovers in the frig also. they come in 4, 8 12, 16 24, 32, and 64 oz sizes. because they are sturdy, I can transport some to buy in bulk.

    • We don’t have mason jars here really, we have Fowlers Vacuola jars (a far less catchy name than Mason jars!) but they are similar – thick glass, sturdy and often found in thrift stores. When my garden gets going I’m hoping to bottle/can some of the produce, and I’ll be looking out for these. I think they will be a good investment (second-hand of course)!

  17. How do you manage with the PVC gaskets that form the seal on screw-cap glass jars? Have you found some pasta sauce-type jars that don’t have them?
    I use kilner jars for a lot of my storage, but I still use a lot of old Tupperware as I figure the trade off between additive free HDPE vs PVC seals on lids on glass jars is worth the risk. I figure single use plastic is the evil twin.
    I use paper bags at the bulk store as they are light and easy to write the code of the item on. Once home they go into their dedicated jars and containers. It’s fascinating to watch all the different methods other people use to get their goodies home.

    • Hi Ness, thanks for your comment and great question! I still have jars from before I went plastic-free in 2012, and I have repurposed other jars donated to me from friends and family which would otherwise have ended up in the recycling / bin. They do have the plastic-sealed lids, however I prefer to repurpose than buy new. Whilst I could buy Weck jars that are completely plastic free, I think it would be a waste when I can use jars that already exist, if you know what I mean! The lids don’t contact the food (well, almost never) so I’m not too worried. Maybe some day I will replace with second-hand glass jars with glass jars, but it’s not on my priority list for now!

      I sometimes take my jars to the shop, but often I take reusable cloth bags. I make sure I remember what is in each so I can tell the checkout person!

  18. Hello, loved this post” I’m just starting my plastic free journey and I’m wondering if you had some ideas on plastic free bulk storage. I buy 3 X 12 kg of flour, it comes in a paper bag which never seems to last from tearing much past the car ride home ( a week at best) moisture can be a problem here in the adelaide hills in winter and there is only so many large jars I can find
    ( plus it’s a really fustrating having to fill lots of them up in the first place). Aliminum is out and the one stainless steel container I found big enough could have put all my 5 kids through school for a year! Help! Thanks Dell

    • Hi Dell, thanks for your kind words and great question! You are right – glass jars don’t come that big and metal is very expensive! One option you could consider is those big white plastic 20litre buckets that cafes and bulk stores use. I know they are plastic but they are very sturdy and second-hand, and have a handle to easy to carry. Our bulk store gets them in and the lady gives me the empties once they are finished with (she gets things like tahini and laundry powder in them). I use them for gardening – to store compost, worm castings etc. They are definitely food grade plastic. It might not look as lovely as gleaming stainless steel but I like being able to reuse a waste product, and as you say, I’m not ready to remortgage the house, either!

      Another option I’ve seen for people who buy a lot in bulk is to get hold of those brown olive barrels/drums that are also food grade. Also plastic, but reusing a product and very sturdy. They are 200 litres, so much bigger than the 20 litres though!

      I don’t know if that is a satisfactory answer for you? I also buy flour in big sacks that are made of thick paper, and I store in our laundry cupboard – I’ve not had an issue with tearing or dampness. I fill a big glass jar to keep in the pantry so I don’t have to haul the sack out all the time. If you don’t want your food to come in contact with the plastic, you could use the flour sack as a kind of liner?

      I hope this helps in some way. Let me know how you get on!

  19. So happy to have found your blog Lindsay! Thank you so much for your post. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I love that you choose to focus on using what you have and still honouring, if you will, the plastic that you have in your life until it’s end of life. So many zero waste blogs and photos are of picture perfect homes without a piece of plastic in sight. Who has the money for that! lol And if something is still working and not interfering with your health then why get rid of it!? I look forward to digging into the rest of your blog! Happy Holidays!

    • Thank you so much Michelle, and welcome :) Yes, I often comment on how my home is nothing like those worthy-of-a-magazine-cover homes, and it never will be. Sometimes I dream about having a pantry with matching kilner (or whatever brand they are) jars, but the reality is, I’d rather use what I have, and spend my money on experiences rather than more aesthetically pleasing jars! ;)

      Thanks for your lovely comment and have a great New Year! x

  20. Super happy I found this! I’ve been slooowly getting more reusable items all over my house but have had such a difficult time with kitchen items, but go figure! My favorite thrift stores are my bffs for my kitchen woes! I am curious on how you store bulk meats. That seems to be the one thing I have not figured out what to put in other than ziplock bags (which I hate since I have some, just not enough, silicone zip bags) to make it so I won’t need to pull out and thaw an entire package of meat.

    • Hi Erin, thank you! I guess it depends on what type of meat. You could use big Pyrex dishes for things like chicken breasts, and separate using greaseproof paper. Another option could be to freeze on a tray, and once they are frozen add to a Pyrex dish (they won’t stick togehte). I do this for strawberries but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! For things like mince, you could store in glass jars in single or double portions. Or even cook it all up, and then freeze the cooked food in portions. You’d be less likely to get freezer burn that way.

      Hope that helps!

  21. I use glass jars in my freezer. If you lay them on their side to freeze you have a bigger surface area for the water to expand and are even less likely to get breakage. Also when I first started I would wrap the jar in a plastic bag that an unasked for catalog or magazine had arrived in until I was sure the jars were freezer safe

  22. I use black permanent markers (Sharpie) to write the contents on my glass jars. I also put a purchase date or sell by date and any cooking instructions I need. The ink will come off with alcohol. But I haven’t tried this ink in the freezer. Thank you for this article. Very helpful and inspiring.

    • We just bought a grease pencil actually Lee. Not as clear as a Sharpie but after 5 years of not knowing what anything, my husband has had enough! I don’t see a reason why the ink wouldn’t work in the freezer.

      My pleasure Lee, glad you liked it! :)

  23. Hi Lindsay,
    What do you do with canned goods when you haven’t used the entire contents? Do you transfer it into jars? Right now I have tomato paste and coconut milk and would love to avoid covering the top with plastic wrap, but I’m worried that not covering them will cause them to dry out. Thank you!

    • Hi Melinda! I mostly transfer into glass jars, yes. If it’s for the odd day, say overnight, then I might leave open. We’ve bought a couple of cans of coconut milk recently and I’ve done that. Or take the top completely off and put something on top of the tin. A big jam jar lid works very well! Hope that helps!

  24. Hi Lindsay, I really enjoy reading your tips. I use glass jars for storage of bulk goods and for leftovers from packaged products. I cut the label or make one out of cardboard or paper and either tie it around the jar with string or re use one of the many elastic bands that I seem to have accumulated over the years! I find this works better than marking the jar permanently so that it can be reused again for something else.

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